The Best Survival Gadgets for 2020 – Reviews and Ideas

Last Updated on by Jeremy

We all know that going on a journey in the wild has to be well planned. To go out in the woods, for example, you must always have the proper equipment and be prepared for the unexpected. At this point, you are probably thinking of some kind of heavy, hard to carry gear that you always bring on trips, but I am going to prove you that it is possible to go out and explore safely with a light-weighted backpack stocked with the exact tools you will use.

These Are The Best Survival Gadgets To Add To Your Collection:

Survival Bracelet – Atomic Bear

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1. One Size Fits All
2. Military Grade Paracord
3. Length 12 Feet
4. Knife & Whistle

Thanks to the adjustable straps, the “Atomic Bear” bracelets (black and orange) are suitable for any wrist size. You will surely want an accessory like this one during your adventure because of its easy to handle fire starter. If needed you can untie bracelet and get to the 12 feet of military-grade paracord. In case of an emergency, use the flint steel to start a fire and secure a shelter using the paracord to fight hypothermia.

The gadget also has a loud whistle, and an emergency knife, making it perfect for hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. Finding your way will no longer be an issue since you can count on a reliable compass. The Cobra survival bracelet is the perfect outdoor enthusiast’s gift and gadget, so make sure you add the accessory to your tactical gear or wear it while hunting, hiking, or camping.

Emergency tent – Go Time Gear

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1. Reflects To 90% Of Body Heat
2. 120-Decibel Survival Whistle
3. 550lb Nylon Core Para-Synch Tech
4. Simple To Use

Keeping you dry, warm, and alive in extreme conditions…is not this all we want from a survival tent? This waterproof 2-person tube tent is constructed from extra-thick tear and puncture-resistant polyethylene material that locks out rain, wind, and snow. Made to be your layer of protection against harsh weather, the interior reflects up to 90% of your body heat and keeps you warm, dry, and protected.

Engineered for emergencies, the windproof shelter is equipped with a 120-decibel survival whistle to cut through wind and trees and alert rescuers up to 1-mile away.

The 550lb nylon core Para-synch technology drawstring can be used to tie down or repair gear. In an extreme situation, only your tools make the decision between life and death. The ultimate perk of owning this type of survival tarp is the fast and easy way you set it up. You simply run the 20ft rope of 550lb nylon core paracord through both ends of the tube tent and then tie it between two trees or sturdy objects (3-4ft off the ground). Rocks can be used to anchor the corners

If there is no place to tie the paracord, tube tent can also be used as an emergency sleeping bag. Doubtless the “Go Time Gear Life Tent” provides you the needed protection and security.

Portable Water Filter – Sawyer Mini

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1. Filter Capacity 378 000 l
2. 0.1-Micron Filter
3. Versatile Uses
4. Extremely Lightweight

The Sawyer Mini is the perfect solution for clean water while backpacking, hiking, hunting, scouting, international traveling, etc. The 2 ounces filter fits in the palm of your hand and filters up to 100,000 gallons of water from many freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams. The Sawyer product has a high-performance 0. 1 micron absolute inline (one of the best models).

The Sawyer filters water and removes harmful bacteria like Giardia and Cryptosporidium, but it does not remove chemicals or viruses (good thing is that viruses are rarely found in the water in North America).

The Sawyer Mini can be used in the following ways: attach it to a Sawyer squeeze pouch and drink directly from the filter; use it as a personal drinking straw to drink from the source or scoop up a bottle of water and drink instantly. The invention screws directly on to most standard water bottles.

Cleaning the water filter is really simple, you only take the included cleaning plunger, fill it with filtered water, then take the mini and insert the tip of the plunger into the end of the filter, opposite of the flow arrow and repeatedly push the water back through the mini until the water comes through clear and easy.

Survival Knife – Gerber Ultimate

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1. Serrated Drop Point Blade
2. Non-Slippery Grip
3. Fire Starter locks
4. Loud Whistle

The Gerber Ultimate Fixed Blade knife features a 4.75″ partially serrated drop point blade, which is perfect for edge retention and cutting ropes or other items. The rubber material on the handle provides a non-slippery grip for comfortable and precise usage. The stainless steel hilt, at the base of the handle, can also serve as a hammer.

The survival knife is equipped with a fire starter that locks into the case and a striker notch is included in the back of the blade for emergency needs.

The click-retention nylon cover introduces an integrated sharpener for needed edge adjustments, during your trip. The gadget’s green color allows for easy camouflage and has a hidden whistle for fast reach to help.

Multitool – Leatherman 300

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1. 19 Tools Included
2. Durable Body
3. Colors Range
4. 25 Years Warranty

This clever invention may be the most multifunctional one on our list. With its 19 tools, the Leatherman 300 multitool can get so much work done, you will be sorry you have not bought it earlier!

The Leatherman features two pliers (one needlenose, and one regular); two wire cutters (a regular and a hard wire); wire strippers; stranded wire cutters; an electrical crimper; knives (a straight blade one, and a serrated knife blade); a wood/ metal file; saw; screwdrivers (large, medium, and small flat); an awl; a ruler; and nevertheless a bottle opener.

All-locking features mean that every tool and knife (with the exception of the pliers head) will lock when fully opened, keeping you safe and the tools securely in place T

This incredible survival multitool is available in two colors- white or black. It has a 25-year warranty, so you can be confident your “Leatherman” will last a lifetime.

Folding Shovel – FiveJoy Military

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1. Multiple Features
2. Emergency Whistle
3. Walking Stick
4. Adjustable Head Angle

Nowadays modern gadgets are making our lives so much easier by putting all essentials into one item, instead of carrying everything separately. The next piece saves up a lot of space by fitting many of the “must-haves” for a journey in one place. Need a shovel? “Five Joy” has it. Need a saw? “Five Joy” has it. Need a sharp axe? “Five Joy” has it! I can continue going on because these are a tiny bit of “Five Joy’s” features.

The remarkable survival shovel allows you to cut food, sharpen items, and chop trees. Unlike other shovels, you can adjust the angle with its special screw locking device, making it simple to alternate functions and positions (spade can be used 30°, 85° or 180° angle as hook, hoe or shovel).

Preparing food will not be an issue since the Five Joy is equipped with a special fish scaler and a bottle opener. To finish your delicious meal, use the fire starter instrument. If you get tired of hiking you can use your folding shovel as a walking stick and do not forget to use the emergency whistle if you are in danger.

Mutitool Bracelet By Leatherman

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1. TSA Compliant
2. Strong and Durable
3. Cool Design
4. Removable Parts

The Leatherman Tread is unexpectedly comfortable. It does not pinch, pull out hair, scratch you, or leave marks on your skin. Except for the added heaviness, you would not notice it much. The Tread’s modular design is fully customizable to fit your needs and your wrist. Tools include box wrenches, hex drives, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, oxygen tank wrench, and more.

The bracelet can be handy during your daily routine as well by using its sim card pick or bottle opener. With the Tread’s quality you can be confident your Leatherman will last a lifetime. Wear it everywhere so you are always prepared. The bracelet is TSA compliant, so you can even travel with your new favorite multitool.

Multitool Axe

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1. Multiple Features
2. Cool Design
3. Steady Grip
4. Made In The USA

Although it is called a survival axe, this “Off-Grid Tools”  has far more features than only chopping trees. It has an included hammer head, claws, nail pullers, and even a pry bar. There are hex wrenches (3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 1/2, 3/8, 10mm, 11mm, 13mm, 15mm), a bottle/ can opener, and a resharpenable hatchet.

All of these instruments are on one side of the gadget, on the other lie a 6-inches fold out saws, a glass breaker, and a strap cutter. The off-grid’s two beautiful colors are now available- neutral black and green.

Lantern – Streamlight 44931

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  1. Strong Top And Bottom D-Rings
  2. Lasts For Up To 15 Hours
  3. 340 Lumens And 360° Light
  4. Incorporated D-Rings

The Streamlight’s camping lantern durable design is constructed of polycarbonate with an elastomer over mold. The idea is to protect the product when falling, and increase its durability. The Streamlight has met its goal in testing for a two-meter (6.56) impact resistance.

The gadget is waterproof and it floats if necessary, making sure not to go off in case of an emergency. It offers five lighting modes. In white light it has high (340), medium (175), and low (33) lumens.

By holding the on/ off button for a while, it will take you to a read mode, which is good on your eyes. If you are working in a dark environment (for example a tent), then remove the light, your eyes will adjust easier. If you hit the button twice you will enter an S.O.S. mood with a flashing red light.

The on/ off button will also alert you how much battery you have. As you would suppose- green means full battery, yellow is a warning that it is depleting, and red is when the battery is nearly done. The product has an easy to carry handle, and two attached D-rings on both the bottom and on the top. You can remove the cap and use the bottom D-ring to hang it upside down and use it as a regular lamp.

Jump Starter Power Pack

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1. Ultra Portable
2. Ultra Light
3. One Year Charge
4. Charges Everything With USB

Imagine if there was electricity in the wild…it would be amazing! You will be able to charge your phone, tablet, laptop…well dreams do come true! This next product has those abilities. Noco Boost is an ultra-portable, lightweight, and compact lithium car battery boost starter for 12-volt batteries.

Thanks to it, you can safely jump start a dead battery in seconds! And even better, you can do so up to 20 times on a single charge. It is a mistake-proof compact car battery pack, making it safe for anyone to use and features spark-proof technology, and also reverse polarity protection.

The GB40 battery booster jump starter unites with a high-output 100 lumen LED flashlight with 7 light modes. Including low, medium, high, blinking, strobe, and emergency SOS. It is able to hold its charge for up to one whole year, without being recharged. The internal battery could be used to energize any personal mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, or any other USB device, plus rechargeable from any powered USB port.

It is rated at 1000-amps, and suitable for use on petrol engines up to 6-liters and diesel engines up to 3-liters (car, boat, leisure, caravan, etc). This useful tool also includes heavy-duty battery clamps, USB charging cable, 12-volt USB car charger, microfiber storage bag, a 1-year limited, and lifetime customer support.

Survival Flashlight – Nitecore P12

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1. Complete Waterproof
2. Extra Compact Design
3. Beam Throw – 253 Yards
4. Reliable Holster

Featuring the latest CREE XM-L2 U2 LED, Nitecore proudly produces an incredible high-intensity beam with a throw of 253 yards, perfect for tactical applications, hunting, outdoor sports, and professional work. The flashlight is very compact and easy to use. At only 5.47 inches in length and weighing 3.1 ounces, the P12 is highly portable and can easily be stored in pockets, bags and backpacks. Its side button can quickly change output levels and functions.

All the settings are memorized, allowing you to set in advance your favorable mode while easily changing to the function you need. There are three ways you can carry the waterproof flashlight: by a quality holster, clip, and a tactical ring letting you carry it on the belt, in the pocket or in hand. Nitecore provides four brightness levels that allow you to select from an ultra-bright turbo mode to a long-lasting lower mode, making it the ideal survival flashlight.

Mylar Blanket – Swiss Safe

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1. Dual Sided Blankets
2. Returns 90% Of Body Heat
3. Total Windproof
4. Top Swiss Quality

Swiss Safe is a trusted leader in providing high-quality army supplies and survival equipment as well as emergency first aid supplies for all your outside needs. The advanced aluminized dual-sided thermal blankets are designed to retain up to 90% of the body heat and are perfect for use in emergency survival situations.

They are waterproof, windproof, and moisture-proof, helping to keep you dry in damp, wet, rainy, and downright cold climate. The Swiss blankets are excellent for outdoors, hiking, camping, backpacking, and climbing. They can be used as a ground cover, a sleeping bag liner, or to prevent hypothermia and shock in extreme weather conditions.

Zippo Brass Lighter

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  1. Strong Metal Body
  2. Refillable
  3. Wind Resistant
  4. Lifetime Warranty

A windproof lighter like the Zippo should be one of your must-have items when planning a trip. The engraving is very detailed, classic and elegant, and at the same time keeps its old school look. The Zippo lighter has the standard inserts. It is constructed by synthetic durable metal and its great value design is made to be windproof and to work virtually anywhere.

The Zippo lighter is polished to the sides and there are two dots dark spots on the sides, which connect the hinge and the base. There is just something reassuring about the characteristic sound of a Zippo click and the plain simple engineering that goes with it. The lighter’s quality is guaranteed

Sling Shot – Pocket Shot Kit

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  1. Carry Case And PRO Pouch
  2. Flint With Striker, Heavy foil & Tinder
  3. Fishing Line, Hooks, Razor & Pins
  4. Compass, Wire Saw, Whistle & Wire

Perfect for camping, fishing, hiking and hunting. The pocket shot normally becomes the favorite product to all of its buyers. What is amazing is it has such a portable and compact type of slingshot. The fact that they give you an extra stronger pouch is great for getting just a little more power. Besides the pocket shot, the survival kit is just extensive enough to feel comfortable walking that extra mile away from camp.

The razor is in fact razor sharp with a hole, perfect for attaching to a stick. If something is too big to cut with the razor then you can always use the wire saw which will definitely get the job done. The foil is heavy duty and should be able to be used more than once. The fishing line and hooks will work well especially if you dig up some live bait, if not they give you a lure.

The wire is excellent for setting snares…as you can see this kit gives you three ways to acquire food in a survival situation. What else is vital is fire and the striker/cotton combination will make fire every time!

When it comes to water, hopefully you have a water bottle with you, but if not the actual can the survival kit comes in, can be used to boil water and make it safe to drink. It can also be used to make a simple fire-starting aid called char cloth. You will get some steel ammo in the box which is great. There are enough shots to be comfortable in attaining your hunting goal, but if you do become desperate enough then anything can become ammo for the pocket shot. Just make sure you use smooth rocks so you do not tare the pouch! Everything zips up into a nice compact hard case with a really smooth zipper.

BioLite Portable Camp Stove

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1. Smokeless Flames
2. Creates Electrical Energy
3. Charges USB Devices While Burns
4. Built in Fan for Fire Control

Meet the next generation of fire! The portable wood burning stove that creates smokeless flames, while generating usable electricity so you can cook your meals and charge your devices all at the same time. With updated thermo electrics the camp stove incorporates an on-board to store your electricity for whenever you need it.

The Led interface provides real time feedback on what is going on inside and features four fan speeds to control the size of your fire. Integrate with BioLight accessories for a perfect camp kitchen that you can bring anywhere. Anytime you go out there with BioLight, you are helping and bringing safe, reliable energy to households around the world. You will discover a smarter, cleaner camp fire with “CampStove 2”.

BioLite Headlamp

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1. Ultra Thin
2. USB Rechargeable
3. Natural Fit
4. Up to 40 Hours Light

The ultra-thin, 330 Lumen, USB rechargeable BioLight headlamp features a 3D slimfit construction. It allows your hands to be free, making it so comfortable that you will forget you are wearing it. The 3D slimfit construction is based on three dimensions of a perfect fit: a flush front, better balance, and smart fabric. Seamlessly integrated housing merges the electronics directly into the band creating an ultrathin front that sits flushed on your forehead with no bouncing.

By reorienting the battery to the back, you keep the weight off the front of your face, which reduces slippage and creates a more natural fit. The entire headlamp feature moisture wicking fabric that keeps you cool and dry, during activity. Clocking in at only 69 grams the headlamp features four modes and the ability to control your light through easy dimmability.

One hand at articulation enables your light to move with you without any disruption. With easy recharging via micro USB and run time up to 40hrs you can ditch the battery swaps and power up with the BioLight energy ecosystem.

Noopel Emergency Whistle

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1. Pack of 2
2. Super Loud – 120 db
3. Aluminum Alloy Material
4. Can Be Used For Dog Training

The super loud survival whistle features a double emergency tube whistle that can provide up to 120 decibels- enough to be heard at long distances. The signal is made by strong and extremely durable quality Aluminum Alloy material. It’s only 12g, make it very lightweight easy to carry around. The whistle is water-resistant. It can be used in an all-environment all-weather, rainy day, humid weather with excellent airflow design.

The loud safety whistle for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, or any kind of outdoor activities, can also be used for dog training. The pets can easily tell apart the signal and learn commands much faster while listening to one.

Eyeskey Military Compass

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1. Bright Dial
2. Tripod Mounting
3. Smooth Needle
4. Compact Packaging

A good compass for hiking, motoring, boating, camping, mountaineering, exploring, hunting, and other outdoor activities must be highly durable. There is a high possibility it will get bumped in your backpack or maybe fall on the ground at some point. To provide durability, the EK-01 compass has an anodized Zinc Alloy metal housing and is proved to resist adverse conditions, such as sand bits or being emerged in water.

The needle should be able to point to the north immediately and with ease even if you are hiking leisurely. Bad weather can come on fast and you will want a needle that settles quickly. EK-01 compass is liquid-filled and has a saphire jewel bearing, permits the needle to move smoothly, and prevents it from twitching when needed. 

If you are hiking in low temperatures such as cold winter, or hot temperatures like the desert, you would want to make sure your compass can keep up. The gadget has a wide temperature range, so that is not a concern. The working temperature of the EK-01 shockproof compass is -30° C to +60° C / -22° F to +140° F. It is guaranteed that the liquid does not freeze or produce bubbles inside.

Sony Pocket Radio

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  1. Built-In Speaker & Headphone Jack
  2. Telescoping Antenna
  3. Carrying Strap For Added Convenience
  4. Battery Powered 

Тhe Sony pocket radio provides a built-in speaker, headphone jack, and has one telescoping antenna. The Sony portable radio is light weighted and easy to carry with its 6.70 oz ballast. The compact, vertical AM/FM radio tuner is the perfect fit for rooms where space is at a premium. It features a new LED battery status indicator and runs on two AA batteries. That way whether you are listening through the built-in speaker or via the dedicated headphone socket, you will always be able to enjoy listening with a great sound.

Überleben Zünden Ferro Rod

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1. Minimalist Simplicity & Functionality
2. Perfect Durability and Weight
3. Multi-Tool Striker
4. Handcrafted 100% Real-Deal

Überleben’s Sånft-korr ferrocerium is the perfect balance between softness and durability at the same time. The design consistently outperforms the leading fire starters. The Ferro Rod tool is waterproof, meaning it can easily throw a 5,500ºF shower of molten sparks in any weather, at any altitude.

Ferro Rod is equipped with multiple size options. At nearly 5-inches in total length, the Zünden is available in three thickness variations, including Trad 5/16” (8mm): 12,000+ strikes, Pro 3/8” (10mm): 15,000+ strikes, and Fatty 1/2” (12.5mm): 20,000+ strikes.

It is designed for neck carry, which would not be a problem since even the Zünden Fatty weighs in at less than 3 oz. It includes Mil-spec 550 paracord lanyard and multitools like a straight-edge spine, concave tinder scraper, map scale, a ruler, and a hex wrench. Most importantly though, it has a bottle opener (probably the most used tool).